Five arrested in Calgary area stolen auto investigations
The Calgary Police Service has charged five people in connection with two stolen vehicle investigations, one of which involved close coordination with the RCMP.
On Monday, Aug.13, 2018, the Calgary Police Service Auto Theft Resource Team (ATRT) spotted a stolen vehicle in a northeast Calgary community. The vehicle, a 2013 Audi Q5, had been reported stolen on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, after being taken from the Huntington Hills area.
Shortly afterward, CPS observed a man and a woman entering the Audi. The Audi was then seen being driven in an aggressive manner before stopping at the Superstore, located on Harvest Hills Boulevard N.E.
While in the grocery store parking lot, it is alleged that the male driver of the Audi stole a purse from a grocery cart. The Audi was then driven to a Walmart in the northwest community of Royal Oak, where it is alleged that the male driver attempted to use the credit cards from the stolen purse. The man and woman were taken into custody by the Calgary Police Service Canine Unit after leaving the store.
Two people were charged in relation to this investigation:
- Jordan HAGMAN, 34, of Calgary, has been charged with one count each of possession of stolen property over $5,000, theft under $5,000, possession of a stolen credit card, breach of recognizance, unlawful possession of an identification document, and driving without insurance. HAGMAN is next scheduled to appear in court on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
- Ashley BLAKELY, 32, of Calgary, has been charged with one count each of possession of a controlled substance, occupying a stolen vehicle, possession of a stolen credit card, and unlawful possession of an identification document. BLAKELY is next scheduled to appear in court on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018.
In another stolen auto investigation by the ATRT, a Ford F-350, stolen from Irricana two days earlier, was spotted in northeast Calgary. The ATRT observed the truck driving southbound on Stoney Trail with a male driver and two female passengers. The truck continued south out of the Calgary city limits to a rural property, before heading to Okotoks, where it is believed that the female occupants of the vehicle shoplifted at the Shoppers Drug Mart before travelling to Costco.
The women entered the Costco and were taken into custody by the RCMP. The truck fled the scene and was observed driving on rural roads between Okotoks and Calgary. After driving over a spike belt deployed by the RCMP, three of the truck’s tires were punctured. The driver continued to evade police for 30 kilometres while driving on three rims and one tire, operating at speeds ranging from 100 to 150 km/h.
The truck continued back into Calgary on westbound Stoney Trail. As the driver attempted to turn northbound on 52 St SE, he lost control striking a sign and then the centre median. The driver exited the stolen truck and fled on foot. The male flagged down a citizen driving on Stoney Trail and asked for a ride. CPS quickly stopped the vehicle and the male offender was taken into custody.
Three people were charged in connection with this investigation:
- Corey BATES, 40, of Calgary, has been charged with theft of motor vehicle over $5,000, possession of stolen property under $5,000, criminal dangerous driving, criminal flight from police, and three Traffic Safety Act tickets. BATES will next appear in court on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018.
- Janelle UMPHERVILLE, 28, of Calgary, has been charged with one count each of possession of methamphetamine and possession of stolen property over $5,000. She will next appear in court on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018.
- Sandra WOLOSHYN, 36, of Calgary, has been charged with one count each of possession of stolen property over $5,000, possession of methamphetamine, possession of stolen property under $5,000, and two counts of breach of recognizance. WOLOSHYN will next appear in court on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018.
The Calgary Police Service would like to thank the RCMP for their assistance. Police would also like to remind people not to leave their unattended vehicles running with keys inside. Treat all property, including car keys, as if they were cash and put them safely away.